Have you ever constantly felt tired but just couldn’t seem to get enough sleep? Do you often feel overwhelmed and unable to focus on everyday tasks? Have your moods been unpredictable or irrational lately? If so, there’s a chance that hormones may be out of balance.
Hormonal imbalance can affect everything from our energy levels to our ability to concentrate and even emotions. Fortunately, understanding the causes and symptoms of an imbalance is the first step toward correcting it.
Let’s dive deep into what hormonal imbalance is all about and how to restore balance in both women and men.
Hormonal imbalance defined
Hormonal imbalance is a term used to describe when the levels of hormones in the body become imbalanced, leading to various symptoms. The endocrine system produces and releases many hormones that control bodily functions, including metabolism, digestion, mood, appetite, sleep patterns, sex drive, and reproductive cycles.
When these hormones become unbalanced due to illness or other factors, it can disrupt normal functioning and lead to physical and psychological symptoms.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
Hormonal imbalance can manifest in various symptoms. It is vital to recognize the signs to take appropriate action.
- Weight gain or loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood swings
- Low libido
- Irregular periods
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Decreased facial hair growth
- Breast enlargement (gynecomastia) and impotence
- Increased body hair in women
- Thinning hair in both sexes
- Dry skin
- Brittle nails
Common causes of hormonal imbalance
Hormonal imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Stress triggers the release of hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, which can disrupt the balance between other hormones in your body.
- Poor nutrition can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals that help regulate hormone production.
- Medical conditions like thyroid disorders or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause hormonal imbalances.
- Toxins are known endocrine disruptors – they interfere with the systems responsible for producing hormones in your body and affect how those hormones function once released into your bloodstream.
- Certain medications have been linked to hormonal imbalances. Birth control pills and other hormone-based treatments can strongly influence the production of hormones in your body.
How hormone balancing work
Hormone balancing is an approach to restoring hormonal balance and improving overall health. The primary goal is to identify any underlying causes of hormonal imbalance. This may include lifestyle factors such as poor diet or lack of exercise, nutritional deficiencies, stress, or environmental factors like exposure to certain chemicals or toxins.
Once these root causes have been identified and addressed, various treatment approaches can be employed to restore balance in hormone levels. These may include dietary changes, nutrition supplementation, herbs and other natural remedies, stress reduction techniques, and lifestyle changes.
Hormonal therapy is also a common approach to restoring balance. This may involve using various types of medications, including synthetic hormones or hormone treatments such as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). Hormone therapy can help reduce symptoms associated with different imbalances.
Ensuring your long-term health is a top priority
With so many natural life changes that can affect your hormones, it’s essential to be mindful of your overall well-being. That’s why we take a comprehensive approach to your health, helping to balance out any imbalances in your body. We recognize the importance of returning to harmony with your natural state, giving you the energy and resources to enjoy life without interruption.
Strategic Health and Wellness offers hormone balancing services, including hormone therapy treatments for both men and women, pre- or postmenopausal, prenatal, and postnatal. Contact us today to help restore natural balance for optimal well-being.